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May 28 10:30

Provocation? Turkish Military Advances 700 Meters Into Syria

The division of the Turkish army has made advances by 700 meters into Syria, in the city of Afrin located in northern Aleppo province according to al-Mayedin channel.

A large convoy of Turkish military including tanks and ambulances rolls from the southeastern part of Turkey toward the Iraqi border (File)
© AFP 2016/ MEHDI FEDOUACH
Turkey Threatens to Launch 'Unilateral' Operations on Syrian Soil
The Turkish military has put up a checkpoint next to the settlement, which has a predominantly Kurdish population.
So far there has been no official comment regarding this information.

Earlier, Sergey Rudskoy, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of Russia, noted that Turkey continues to shell Syrian towns along the border and at the positions of Kurdish militia.

"Turkish artillery continues shelling Syrian border settlements and Kurdish militia positions," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that Turkey (most likely in conjunction with US and Syrian forces) are getting ready for a major assault against the Syrian government forces.

The question which needs to be asked here, is how will Russia respond to such an attack?!?

May 28 08:30

NATO in Montenegro: Securing the Rear Before Barbarossa II?

The strategic importance of Montenegro is inversely proportional to its size. With it, NATO will have full control of the Adriatic Sea, finish the encirclement of Serbia, and be emboldened to pursue a more aggressive stance towards Russia.

Last week, the government of Montenegro signed a protocol on joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. If ratified by the Alliance’s other 28 members – and it will be – the membership may become a formality by the end of this year. While the country has a population fewer than 700,000 and no more than 1,500 members of the military, the reason NATO wants Montenegro is not its military might, but in equal measures strategic location and symbolism.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And so, the encirclement of Russia continues apace, courtesy of NATO and the US government.

When the war with Russia will begin, I cannot tell you; however, this has moved from an "if" to "when" status at lightning speed, with current developments.

Whoever takes the Oath of Office to be the President of the United states will happen mid-January of 2017.

If the White House's internal polling indicates in any way that Trump may well win the November election, Democrats may want to inflict the most massive collateral damage they can on his presidency, by giving him a war against Russia, started before his presidency, coupled with an horrific economic collapse.

May 28 08:13

Putin says Russia will indulge in no discussion on ceding Crimea back to UkraineMore:http://tass.ru/en/politics/878707

Russia will indulge in no discussion with anyone on ceding Crimea back to Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

"As for Crimea, we think this issue closed once and for all. It was a historic decision of people living in Crimea," he said at a news conference after his talks with the Greek leaders.

"Russia will indulge in no discussions with anyone on that matter," Putin stressed. "So, let us stop raising this matter over and over again."
The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of authorities brought to power amid riots during a coup in Ukraine in February 2014.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is absolutely correct in his assessment here; when Crimeans learned that Yanukovich has been thrown under the proverbial bus during the 2014 putsch, and Poroshenko was "installed" as president, during an "election" more crooked than a dog's hind leg, they understood that there was no longer any legitimate government in Kiev.

The referendums were free, open, and honest, according to all observers, and Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here.

May 28 08:03

Putin Says Romania, Poland May Now Be In Russia’s Crosshairs

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.

Putin issued his starkest warning yet over the missile shield, saying that Moscow had stated repeatedly that it would have to take retaliatory steps but that Washington and its allies had ignored the warnings.

Earlier this month the U.S. military — which says the shield is needed to protect from Iran, not threaten Russia — switched on the Romanian part of the shield. Work is going ahead on another part of the shield, in Poland.

“If yesterday in those areas of Romania people simply did not know what it means to be in the cross-hairs, then today we will be forced to carry out certain measures to ensure our security,” Putin told a joint news conference in Athens with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Putin is saying is completely logical.

And for the US to state that the missile shield in Poland and Romania are there to protect these countries from Iran is pure, grade A, 100% unmitigated codswallop.

The Iranian government and leadership is many things, but one thing it is NOT is stupid.

It understands that, were it to attempt to attack any part of Europe, or Israel, that the country would be reduced to molten glass, courtesy of return nuclear attacks by Israel and the US. That is not an outcome the country's leadership wants to see happen at all.

So yes, Putin understands completely that these missile defense systems have been installed against Russia, despite what the US government says.

I would suspect that his response to these moves will be asymmetric, and potentially economic.

May 28 06:45

Putin goes to Greece

On May 27th, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Athens on a state visit. The Russian head of state will meet with the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. After Athens, the Russian President will go to Mount Athos, where together with the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill he will participate in the commemoration of the millennium of Russian monarchial presence on Mount Athos.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin is going to offer Greece an alternative to the permanent debt-slavery of the ECB!

May 28 06:44

French Senate to consider resolution on easing anti-Russia sanctions

France’s Senate will debate a draft resolution calling for the easing and gradual lifting of anti-Russia sanctions on June 8. The draft resolution has already been supported by the body’s Committee on European Affairs.

May 28 06:43

Who's aggressive?

Who is being aggressive? For the past few years the drumbeat for a conflict with Russia has been building almost to the point of hysteria. Now there is talk of a war – including a nuclear war – that could destroy civilization. On this edition of CrossTalk we ask who benefits from such dangerous talk.

May 27 22:14

Putin Crushes BBC Smartass INCLUDING BBC propagandist's question

(Note [ts]: This is Putin’s response that the U.S. is the aggressor, and not Russia. Not faithfully translated at about 3.34. What is missing is that Putin asserts that Russia was there [in Tajikistan & Afghanistan] so that there would be calm/peace [????????? = “spa-koi-nee-a”].)

May 27 11:53

Will the U.S. Egg It On? “Russia Is Ready For War” by Pepe Escobar, originally seen at RT.com

There is every indication that provocations continue. Generally, war is good for business, but too big of a war could be disastrous even for those pushing for it.

Ridiculous narratives and pretexts for interventions in Syria and Ukraine have accompanied even more ridiculous attempts on the part of the United States and NATO to prod the Russian Bear and stoke just enough conflict to keep defense budgets big, and the population fearful.

But will they ever go all the way, and push for the real thing? The hot war with Russia? It is entirely possible, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that Putin is all-too-ready for his American counterparts, who would almost certainly find they have bitten off more than they can chew.

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war.

So foreign ministers from the 28 NATO member-nations met in Brussels for a two-day summit, while mighty military power Montenegro was inducted as a new member.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something (like a war against Russia) is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly stupid thing for the US and/or NATO to do is, unfortunately, absolutely no guarantee that they will not do it.

May 27 10:46

G7 Stands Pat on Anti-Russian Sanctions

G7 leaders confirmed their intention to stick to anti-Russian sanctions imposed in connection to Crimea.

The G7 leaders have stressed that sanctions against Russia will remain in place until full implementation of the Minsk peace agreement on Ukraine, pointing out, however, that maintaining constant dialogue with Russia is crucial to the peaceful resolution of the crisis.

"We stand united in our conviction that the conflict in Ukraine can only be solved by diplomatic means and in full respect for international law, especially the legal obligation to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. We reiterate our condemnation of the illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia and reaffirm our policy of its non-recognition and sanctions against those involved," the G7 leaders said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, it appears that the EU is trying the "if at first you don't succeed, lie, lie again" approach to Russia, in keeping these sanctions in place.

But the rest of the world, including thinking Americans, know what is going on here.

When Yanukovich was thrown under the proverbial bus, by Poroshenko's people, Crimean leadership realized that it had zero credible government in Kiev.

They had a referendum, through which they petitioned the Russian Federation to join it. And in what was attested to being a free and fair election, the referendum carried. Russia then invited them to become a part of the Russian Federation, which they did.

Anyone in the EU with just a smattering of familiarity with Russian history would know that Crimea had been part of Russia until it was annexed by Ukraine in the 1950s by the USSR's Khrushchev, himself an ethnic Ukrainian.

Russia did nothing wrong here, and to describe the process of Crimea's referendum as a Russian "annexation" is one big, fat, hairy lie; the EU members know this, but they stick with it.

But financially, not trading with Russia could put the EU at great financial risk, particularly if the Brexit, Frexit, and Grexit get real, which will signal the end of the EU and the Euro.

May 27 09:20

NEW TURKISH-U.S. QUARRELS ABOUT SYRIA

SOME 300 U.S. SPECIAL FORCES ILLEGALLY INVADED SYRIA TO SUPPORT THE SYRIAN KURDS OF THE YPG ORGANIZATION. THE TURKS SEE THE YPG AS A SISTER ORGANIZATION TO THE KURDISH PKK GUERRILLA IN TURKEY WHICH AREA DESIGNATED TERRORIST ORGANIZATION WHILE THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR AUTONOMY WITHIN TURKEY. ONLY YESTERDAY SIX TURKISH SECURITY PERSONAL DIED DURING FIGHTS WITH THE PKK. TO TURKS THE YPG ARE TERRORISTS.

Yesterday the U.S. special forces screwed up mightily by displaying the insignia of the "terrorists" while combating the Islamic State. Leading U.S. media though try to calm the situation down by misleading their readers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly suspect that the number of US Special Forces in Syria are far larger than the number here suggests.

Also, as reported today at zerohedge.com, the first photos of American troops in Syria have been released.

Following the propagandist double-speak gushing forth from the Obama administration over when a "boot on the ground" in Syria is a "boot on the ground," the following photographs via Agence France-Presse confirm US special operation forces in a rural village 40 miles from Raqqa. As The Guardian reports, the Pentagon press secretary, resisted commenting on the photographs and would only describe the US special operations forces’ mission in generic terms, despite the fact that these troops are at the frontline of fighting when President Obama assured America that forces are consistently behind the forward lines. In April, State Department spokesman John Kirby attempted to change the narrative in a stumbling proposterous way denying President Obama had ever said "no boots on the ground" in Syria...

Sorry, John Kirby: President Obama made that pledge to both the American people and the world that there would be no US military boots on the ground no less than 16 times.
Since 2013, President Obama has repeatedly vowed that there would be no "boots on the ground" in Syria. But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president's decision Friday to send up to 50 special forces troops to Syria doesn't change the fundamental strategy: "This is an important thing for the American people to understand. These forces do not have a combat mission." Earnest said the promises of "no boots on the ground" first came in the context of removing Syrian President Bashar Assad because of his use of chemical weapons. Since then, Syria has become a haven for Islamic State fighters. Here's a recap of Obama's no-boots pledge:

It has got to be tough to continue to swallow Obama's "verbal ejaculate", and neither choke nor vomit, but that is the job of a White House press secretary these days.

We know President Obama has lied; we know that you have lied; and if I as an ordinary citizen understand this, so do millions of other thinking Americans.

Sorry, John: this is not working; and the reality is, President Obama wants to regime change Syria, and by any means necessary, as soon as he can.

Right now, I would not bet against out an attempted US Special Ops decap strike against Al-Assad himself.

May 27 08:18

Turkey continues to arm Nusra terrorists in Syria: Russia

Russia’s Defense Ministry says the Turkish government continues to supply al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists fighting in Syria with weapons in a bid to undermine the Syrian army in its fight against foreign-backed Takfiri militants.

May 27 07:51

Europe Revolts Against Russian Sanctions

From ministerial offices to barricades on the streets, Europe is in open revolt against anti-Russian sanctions which have cost workers and businesses millions of jobs and earnings. Granted, the contentious issues are wider than anti-Russian sanctions. However, the latter are entwined with growing popular discontent across the EU.

Germany’s vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel is among the latest high-profile politicians to have come out against the sanctions stand-off between the European Union and Russia.

At stake is not just a crisis in the economy, of which the anti-Russian sanctions are symptomatic. It is further manifesting in a political crisis that is challenging the very legitimacy of EU governments and the bloc’s institutional existence. The issue is not so much about merely trying to normalize EU-Russian relations. But rather more about preserving the EU from an existential public backlash against anti-democratic and discredited authorities.

May 25 13:59

Poroshenko vows ‘to bring back’ E.Ukraine, Crimea after Putin pardons Ukrainian pilot Savchenko

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has vowed to “bring back” Crimea and the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. His statement was made as European officials welcomed Russia’s pardoning of Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko.

May 25 13:53

US Navy SEALs Training in Bulgaria to Storm Russia's Crimea

Russian military analyst Sergei Ishchenko comments on the US military's apparent plans to increase their presence on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, and the possible threat to the Crimean peninsula this may pose.

May 25 12:55

3 new divisions at Russian border are ‘only one measure’ against NATO build-up – Russia’s envoy

Russia’s plan to deploy two new divisions in its west and one in its south is only one step along the way to countering NATO’s significantly increased military presence on its borders, Russia’s envoy to the alliance said.

“Our security interests are to be firmly protected. Deployment of the three divisions announced by the defense minister is only one of the measures, which should be considered in this regard,” Aleksandr Grushko said.

May 25 07:53

Europe gets its first modern Russian-made airliners

United Aircraft Corporation says the first Russian Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) plane has been delivered to its inaugural European customer Irish airline CityJet.

Under the $1 billion contract, CityJet will lease 15 SSJ100 airplanes with an option for an additional 16 aircraft. The Irish airline will receive three aircraft in 2016, and the rest from 2017 onwards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While the US makes war, Russia makes deals!

May 24 15:48

Brexit Will Be 'Applauded' In Moscow: UK Defense Secretary

Britain’s possible exit from the European Union (EU) will be “absolutely applauded in Moscow” as it would lead to the relaxation of Western sanctions against Russia, says UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.

May 24 14:00

Putin Closes The Door To Monsanto | Putin is Taking a Bold Step against Biotech Giant Monsanto

In a new address to the Russian Parliament Thursday, Putin proudly outlined his plan to make Russia the world’s ‘leading exporter’ of non-GMO foods that are based on ‘ecologically clean’ production. Putin harshly criticized food production in the United States, declaring that Western food producers are no longer offering high quality, healthy, and ecologically clean food. Putin is correct. American agribusiness is slowly poisoning the American population.

May 24 13:19

Kerry To Lavrov: Russia Must Stop Assad Strikes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Russia to persuade the Syrian government to stop what he alleged to be strikes targeting civilians in Syria.

May 24 10:36

Forbidden Alliance: US Won't Let Russia, Turkey, Iran Unite Against Daesh

Washington is trying to deter any possible alliance between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria: if the three countries unite their efforts against the terrorists, the jihadists will easily be defeated and the US will thereby lose its ability to destabilize the region, Iranian political analyst and former journalist Hassan Hanizadeh told Sputnik.

The US is thwarting any possible alliance between Russia, Turkey and Iran to fight the terrorist groups in Syria, Hassan Hanizadeh, former editor-in-chief of the Iranian news agency MehrNews told Sputnik.

Meanwhile, Washington is using the terrorist groups operating on the ground in Syria as a tool to divide the countries of the region. Thus, the political editor added, the US is interested in keeping relations between Turkey and Russia strained and in stirring tensions between Iran and Turkey.

Washington, he explained, is interested in extending its sphere of influence in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And as the rotted corpses keep piling up in Syria, courtesy of US-government trained and funded jihadists, the US government doesn't give a rat's derriere about the carnage, as long as it believes it is on a path to oust Al-Assad.

Dare I say, in their minds, "the end justifies the means", even of the means results in thousands of innocent civilians, including women, children, and the medically fragile elderly, dead?!?

Sure as heck looks like it, from where I sit.

In the 21st century, the US government has become the most horrific "judge, jury, and executioner" toward the rest of the world humanly possible.

What's wrong with this picture?!?

EVERYTHING!!

May 24 10:21

US Simulating Attacks To See How China, Russia React, Analyst Says

Washington’s concerns over “a resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China,” as put recently by a top air force general, indicate that the US is losing more ground in areas where Beijing and Moscow exert an influence, an analyst says.

May 24 09:36

Syria blames Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for deadly bombings

The Syrian government has accused Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia of being behind a wave of bombings in the coastal cities of Tartous and Jableh.
The state-run news agency Sana said the attacks constituted a "serious escalation", and were aimed at derailing peace efforts.

State media said at least 78 people were killed, while a monitoring group put the death toll at more than 145.

So-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind the attacks.
The cities, on Syria's Mediterranean coast, are part of the heartland of President Bashar al-Assad and have, until now, escaped the worst of the civil war.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Take a good, hard look at the carnage here.

Then, understand that behind it all is the United States Government, which is funding and training these insurgents, and attempting, by whatever means necessary, to throw Bashar Al-Assad out of office, and replace him with a compliant, western-centric puppet.

May 24 09:30

Pentagon-Linked Analysts Push Preemptive Strike on Russia, Missile Defense

The Beltway military punditry floats one of its most inflammatory ideas yet, in calls for a preemptive strike against Moscow along with calls to bolster America’s missile defense system.

On Friday, a DC-based think tank issued a report calling for additional funding to advance US missile defense technology to combat what they view as a rising nuclear missile threat from Russia.

Earlier this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin scoffed at Western assertions that Russia poses the preeminent threat to the US and NATO, labeling the idea of an attack against the military alliance "the type of thing that only crazy people think, and only when they are dreaming."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Have these gentlemen gone utterly barking mad, to be suggesting such things, and have they completely lost their reality licence?!?

Russia has not demonstrated any national government behaviour which could possibly be construed as "aggressive" under Putin's watch; in fact, it has been more than reasonable, given the nature of US and NATO actions against it.

Rather than demonising Russia, the US government and military need to look at where its own weapons systems development and procurement systems are broken, and fix the problems.

And that problem starts with the incestuous relationship between weapons manufacturers and the Congressional representatives who award the contracts for those weapons. Those weapons companies are very "generous", in terms of how they support Congressional representatives who approve those contracts.

How this translates, at the end of the day, is that when US weapons are ultimately deployed in the field, they frequently do not work as advertised; are hideously over budget, and are delivered so late as to become very quickly obsolete.

There are two potential pieces of legislation which could fix the problem, but unfortunately could only possibly get passed when pigs fly.

The first is that US legislators cannot take any money, or any other perks, from any US weapons company, period, end of discussion. Any attempt to get around this result in getting fired from Congress, and a snap election held for a replacement.

The second is, if a weapon does not perform as specified in the field, according to the specifications defined by that company, that the weapons manufacturers will be subject not only to hefty fines, but also jail time for the heads of corporations which made those weapons.

May 24 08:51

Military Sources: Russia to Give Crushing Response to Terrorists' Ceasefire Violation

Syrian opposition groups put out a statement on Monday, saying that they will no longer abide by a ceasefire agreement if the Syrian military doesn’t halt a major offensive on their positions in the suburbs of Damascus within 48 hours.

Now military officials say that the terrorist groups' threats which means non-commitment to the ceasefire will give Russia a pretext to intensify its attacks against the militants' positions.

"Russia is now preparing for a crushing response," they add.

May 24 08:36

Details of Ukrainian Equipment Losses Confirm Scale of Ukraine’s Defeat

Data published by the International Institute of Strategic Studies confirms that during the fighting in the Donbass in 2014 and early 2015 Ukraine lost more than half its military equipment.

May 24 08:30

Russia killed 28,000 militants in Syria, third of all ISIS forces – Russian deputy security chief

Since Moscow started its air operation in Syria on September 30 last year, the Russian Air Force has eliminated over a third of Islamic State fighters in the country, the deputy head of Russia’s top security body revealed.

May 24 08:11

Americans: A Conquered People: The New Serfs. “Russia and China stand between Washington and Washington’s Goal of Hegemony over the Entire World”

As readers know, I have seen some optimism in voters support for Trump and Sanders as neither are members of the corrupt Republican and Democratic political establishments. Members of both political establishments enrich themselves by betraying the American people and serving only the interest of the One Percent. The American people are being driven into the ground purely for the sake of more mega-billions for a handful of super-rich people.

Neither political party is capable of doing anything whatsoever about it, and neither will.

May 23 14:51

‘Intl Sabotage’ Sweden Investigates TV Mast Destruction, Everything Points To Russia… As Always

In Sweden, the authorities are concerned about what they’re calling an act of ‘international sabotage.’ And Stockholm also thinks it knows who the culprit is.

May 23 13:29

US Wary Of 'Rising Threat' From Russian, Chinese Jets

Russian and Chinese warplanes have become one of the major concerns of US Air Force commanders, says one of the force’s top combat officers.

“Our concern is a resurgent Russia and a very, very aggressive China,” Air Force General Herbert Carlisle was quoted by the USA Today as saying on Sunday.

May 23 12:51

De-Petrodollar-ization Esclates - China Imports Record Amount Of Russian Oil In April

We have reported for years that Russia and China have been doing everything they can to displace the use (and influence) of the US dollar.

The US of course, either oblivious or too arrogant to care, has continued to bring Russia and China together by annoying both equally with its incessant meddling. Recall that recently both China and Russia have had to warn the US about its insistence on flying reconnaissance planes too close to their borders.

Of course, as the US has been playing geopolitical games, China and Russia have been working on strengthening their relationship with one another. At the end of 2015, China had become Russia's biggest oil customer, and as of April, Russian oil shipments to China hit a record high. Russia has also surpassed Saudi Arabia as the biggest crude exporter to China.

May 23 09:59

OVER 100 FEARED KILLED AS BLASTS HIT NEAR RUSSIAN MILITARY BASES IN SYRIA’S LATAKIA PROVINCE (VIDEO)

Over 100 people are feared dead after seven blasts targeted several locations in the coastal towns of Jableh and Tartus, Syria’s Latakia province, according to media reports. The locations are close to two Russian military facilities: the Khmeimim airbase and the Tartus naval base.

Islamic State militants claimed the attacks saying via its news outlet, Amaq, that "gatherings of Alawites in Tartous and Jableh" had been targeted. The Alawites is the minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.

According to Ikhbariya TV, there were up to three explosions in the coastal town of Jableh near the local railway terminal. RIA Novosti and state TV also report a fourth explosion, at the emergency unit of a local hospital.

The blasts left over 45 people dead, police sources initially told RIA. Then the joint death toll was raised to over 100.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF such action by US government sponsored, trained, and funded jihadists, was supposed to be a "warning" to President Putin and Russia about their activities to neutralize all jihadists opposing Bashar Al-Assad's government, this will backfire, like a bad trick cigar.

Please remember; as of the 25th of this month (that's this Wednesday, folks), Russia has reserved the right to attack any and all jihadists, including those backed by the US government, who are opposing Al-Assad's government. We are looking at potential Russian air strikes on steroids when this happens.

May 23 09:34

NATO Build-Up in Baltics Raises Doubts About Announced 'Reset' With Moscow

NATO adheres to a dual-track strategy towards Russia, planning to combine "deterrence" with a "political dialogue". However, the planned deployment of NATO battalions in Poland and the Baltic States has already caused negative reaction from the Kremlin, and raised doubts about NATO's intention to "reset" relations with Moscow, Der Spiegel wrote.

May 23 09:23

US to Send Fewer Troops to Europe to 'Deter Russian Aggression'

The US informed its NATO allies it would send less troops to Eastern Europe for deterring “Russian aggression” than initially planned, undisclosed military sources revealed to the Wall Street Journal.

May 23 08:36

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war

The bottom line is that Russia – in terms of hypersonic missile development – is about four generations ahead of the US, if we measure it by the development of the S-300, S-400 and S-500 systems. As a working hypothesis, we could describe the next system – already in the drawing boards – as the S-600.

Russian – and Chinese – missiles are already able to knock out the satellite guidance systems for US nuclear tipped ICBMs and cruise missiles. They could also knock out the early alert warnings that the satellite constellations would give. A Russian hypersonic ICBM flight time, launched for instance from a Russian nuclear sub all the way to the US East Coast, counts for less than 20 minutes. So an early warning system is absolutely critical. Don’t count on the worthless THAAD and Patriot to do their job. Once again, Russian hypersonic technology has already rendered the entire missile defense system in both the US and Europe totally obsolete.

May 23 07:51

Beware what you wish for: Russia is ready for war

Global Robocop NATO predictably discussed Afghanistan (a war NATO ignominiously lost); Iraq (a war the Pentagon ignominiously lost); Libya (a nation NATO turned into a failed state devastated by militia hell); Syria (a nation NATO, via Turkey, would love to invade, and is already a militia hell).

Afghans must now rest assured that NATO’s Resolute Support mission – plus “financial support for Afghan forces” – will finally assure the success of Operation Enduring Freedom forever.

May 23 07:18

Ex-Deputy NATO Commander Predicts Russia Will Start WW3 in May 2017

This is unbelievable. We know top NATO officers tend to be peculiar characters (recall the famous warmongers Philip Breedlove and Wesley Clark) but so far they stayed clear of claiming magical powers.

This is no longer the case British general Richard Shirreff who between 2011 and 2014 served as the Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe has consulted his crystal ball and has concluded that in the fifth month next year Russia will invade Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Ukraine.

May 23 03:03

Blasts Hit Near Russian Military Bases In Syria

Over 100 feared killed as blasts hit near Russian military bases in Syria’s Latakia province

Over 100 people are feared dead after seven blasts targeted several locations in the coastal towns of Jableh and Tartus, Syria’s Latakia province, according to media reports. The locations are close to two Russian military facilities: the Khmeimim airbase and the Tartus naval base.

Jihadist group Ahrar ash-Sham al-Islamiyya took responsibility for the blasts in both Jableh and Tartus.

Later, Islamic State militants also claimed the attacks saying via its news outlet, Amaq, that "gatherings of Alawites in Tartous and Jableh" had been targeted. The Alawites is the minority sect to which President Bashar Assad belongs.

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May 22 11:36

NATO’s move near Russia, preparation for war: Analyst

Press TV has interviewed Mike Billington, from the Asia Desk of the Executive Intelligence Review in Leesburg, about Russia condemning NATO for granting membership to Montenegro.

May 22 11:27

Russia Has Last Seen Such Amassing of Hostile Forces on Its Borders in 1941

Russia has not seen such a major military buildup close to its borders since 1941 when the Third Reich sent the Wehrmacht to conquer the Soviet Union, Professor Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview on The John Batchelor Show, referring to NATO's increasingly assertive strategy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics.

May 22 11:26

The U.S. Is ‘Missing’ Millions in Ukraine

Marie Antoinette would be proud—the revolution which cost her head is back, and inflicted on ordinary people

May 22 11:09

Enough Is Enough! French Farmers Await End of Russian Food Import Ban

The European farmers’ association has urged the European Commission to find a way to prod Russian to lift its ban on food imports from Europe, La France Agricole reported.

May 21 09:26

Russia, Iran in 'Strong Position Over the West' in Syrian Peace Talks

"In any political process the facts on the ground dictate who has the leverage of the negotiation table. And the fact that the Russians have intervened and the Iranians have intervened and the West has not done so means inevitably that in any political negotiation the Russians and the Iranians are going to be in a pretty strong position, more so than Europe and the United States," Sawers told CNN.

May 21 09:24

Europe realized isolating Russia is ‘failed policy’ – Russia’s envoy to NATO

Europeans have come to know that the policy of isolating Russia “has failed,” as external threats showed need for close cooperation, Russia’s envoy to NATO said. He doubted NATO’s diplomatic facade, reminding that the block’s policy is focused on rival Russia.

May 21 09:23

Elites vs the People: Ordinary Europeans' Attitudes to Russia are Changing

Russian commentators Anna Shafran and Elena Ananeva offer an interesting perspective on why many ordinary Europeans do not consider Russia to be their enemy, whatever politicians and the media might say.

May 21 09:15

Pentagon Is Spooked From What It Has Seen From Russia in Donbass

US army planners have been thoroughly shaken by what they have seen Russian artillery and electronic warfare can do and how well-protected its tanks are

May 20 13:14

Russian Aircraft Carrier Said To Be Heading To Syrian Coast By End Of Summer

By Brandon Turbeville

After the small draw down of Russian troops and aircraft from Syria, the Western media could not contain itself from making claims that the Russians were running scared from their battle with ISIS, despite the fact that the Russian-Syrian alliance had done more to destroy the group in weeks than the U.S. had done in years.

But, while the Russian draw down was itself limited and merely a change in strategy after the initial phase of Russian involvement had been completed, it appears that Russia is now ordering another round of military equipment to Syria...

May 20 11:23

BEX ALERT - Russia Bombed Syria to Flood Europe With Refugees - National Public Radio

The “Morning Edition” program of the U.S. National Public Radio network — which is America’s most-trusted American source of news as measured by “the ratio of people who trust a news outlet to those who distrust it” — included on May 20th a segment, “Russia's Involvement In Syria Worsens Migration Crisis, Zannier Says”, in which the interviewer, Renee Montagne, opened her interview of Lamberto Zannier, the Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), by saying:

“There is actually a theory out there to do with the migration crisis in Europe, that Russia may have purposely been bombing Syria with an air campaign in order to send more Syrian migrants into Europe, to destabilize Europe. Now, I’m wondering whether you think that’s far-fetched, but, at the same time, it sort of fits the picture of a Cold War?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

NPR is really pathetic, trying to claim the refugee crisis is all Putin's fault, as if years of US wars on Middle eastern nations had nothing to do with it.

May 20 09:28

France Wants a Visa-Free Regime with Russia

France would like to abolish short-term visas for Russian tourists due to the lack of a risk of immigration from Russia, French Ambassador to Russia Jean-Maurice Ripert has said.

May 20 08:46

Russia urges joint action with US against Syria's al-Qaida

The Russian defense minister proposed on Friday that Russia and the U.S.-led coalition launch joint action against al-Qaida's branch in Syria, known as the Nusra Front.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Putin just checkmated the US. If they are flying together, the US can't wander off and bomb Assad.

May 19 13:35

Putin gives Egypt a loan of 25 billion dollars to build nuclear power plant

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced today that his country will take a $ 25 billion loan from Russia to build nuclear power plants.

May 19 11:06

PHOTOS: New Guinness World Record For Bikini Skiing

New Bikini Skiing World Record Set At BoogelWoogel 2016 In Sochi, Russia

I love Russian women. These photos are incredible...

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May 19 09:58

Algeria Readies Itself For Potential Western Shift In Strategy, Moves Closer To Russia, Anti-NATO Bloc

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Syrian crisis drags on and hopes of a peaceful resolution or, at the very least, a return to relative normalcy in Libya seem very distant, Algeria should, by now, begin suspecting that it might soon find itself in the Anglo-American crosshairs. There is now rapidly growing evidence that Algeria is doing just that...

May 19 08:48

Russian Opposition Figure Navalny Hit, Fellow Activist Injured In Mass Brawl With ‘Cossacks’

Anti-corruption activist Aleksey Navalny has been hit and at least one of his associates injured in a mass brawl at Anapa Airport on Russia’s Black Sea coast.

May 19 08:14

Poland Calls for Permanent Troops on Russian Border Amid NATO War Games

The hostile NATO buildup along the Russian border comes after the military bloc’s missile defense system recently went online in Romania and last Friday’s announcement of ongoing construction of a separate anti-Russian missile shield in Poland.

The Pentagon aims to get Russia to use resources to respond in kind along their Western border, also suggesting that Moscow’s nuclear deterrent will be neutralized by increased NATO missile defense.

May 19 08:14

France Hesitant to Approve NATO Control of Missile Defense System in Europe

France is reluctant to approve NATO taking control of the US-built European missile defense system.

May 19 07:30

150 Danish soldiers to be stationed in Estonia to ward off Russian advances

Some 150 Danish soldiers will join a British-led coalition of over 6,000 NATO forces in Estonia to halt Russia’s advances in the region, Politiken reports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What "Russian advances?!?"

May 19 07:20

NATO Announces War Policy Against Russia. Chilling Scenario of Encirclement

“West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander” and reported that the former deputy commander of NATO, the former British general Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff (who was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe from 2011-2014), expressed outrage that Britain isn’t urgently preparing for war against Russia, and also reported that “He describes Russia as now the west’s most dangerous adversary and says Putin’s course can only be stopped if the west wakes up to the real possibility of war and takes urgent action. … In a chilling scenario, he predicts that Russia, in order to escape what it believes to be encirclement by Nato, will seize territory in eastern Ukraine.”

May 18 14:38

NATO Announces War Policy Against Russia

On May 18th, Britain’s Guardian headlined “West and Russia on course for war, says ex-Nato deputy commander” and reported that the former deputy commander of NATO, the former British general Sir Alexander Richard Shirreff (who was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe from 2011-2014), expressed outrage that Britain isn’t urgently preparing for war against Russia, and also reported that "He describes Russia as now the west’s most dangerous adversary and says Putin’s course can only be stopped if the west wakes up to the real possibility of war and takes urgent action. … In a chilling scenario, he predicts that Russia, in order to escape what it believes to be encirclement by Nato, will seize territory in eastern Ukraine.” (That’s the Donbass region, where there has been a civil war.)

May 18 12:53

Italy: Veneto council member hails 'great success' of vote recognising Crimea

May 18 12:52

Italian Veneto region to vote on resolution on Crimea status recognition and on lifting sanctions on Moscow

A regional council in Italy’s northeastern Veneto region, with the administrative center in Venice, is due to vote on a resolution on recognizing the status of Crimea as part of the Russian Federation on Wednesday, reported by TASS.

And it is going to vote on a resolution on lifting sanctions imposed on Moscow. The vote is scheduled to be held at 2.30 p.m. local time (12.30 GMT).
The council in Veneto, Italy's fifth most populous region, urges the Italian government to abandon the EU international policy in regard to Crimea subjected to unfair discrimination after reunification with the Russian Federation in March 2014. It calls on Italy’s government to lift sanctions immediately and restore economic ties with Russia in full.

May 18 11:24

US assistant secretary Nuland arrives in Moscow — embassyMore:http://tass.ru/en/world/876236

Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland has arrived in Moscow, a source at the U.S. embassy in Moscow said on Tuesday.

"Yes, Nuland has arrived in Moscow," he confirmed.
Earlier, a diplomatic source said that Nuland would stay in Moscow till Wednesday when she is to meet Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov.

According to the US embassy, Nuland is going to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine, further steps to implement the Minsk agreements and support the efforts of the "Normandy four" group and the Trilateral Contact Group at talks with high-ranking Russian officials. A wide range of bilateral and regional issues will also be part of agenda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find it troubling that "Mrs. Regime Change, Ukraine" has been dispatched to Russia, and I have to wonder; what is the real agenda for these meetings, when it was Nuland herself who proudly proclaimed that the US government had been complicit in throwing the former President of Ukraine, Yanukovich, under the proverbial bus?!?

As reported at informationclearinghouse.info on 9 February, 2014:

What is it about America's women diplomats? They seem so hard and cloned - bereft of any humanity or intelligence. Presumably, these women are supposed to represent social advance for the female gender. But, far from displaying female independence, they are just a pathetic copy of the worst traits in American male politicians - aggressive, arrogant and completely arrant in their views. Take Victoria Nuland - the US Assistant Secretary of State - who was caught using obscene language in a phone call about the European Union and the political affairs of Ukraine. In her previous posting as a spokeswoman for the US State Department, Nuland had the demeanor of a robotic matron with a swivel eye. Now in her new role of covertly rallying anti-government protesters in Ukraine, Nuland has emerged to sound like a bubblegum-chewing Mafia doll. In her leaked private conversation with the US ambassador to Kiev, the American female diplomat is heard laying down in imperious tones how a new government in Ukraine should be constituted. Nuland talks about "gluing together" a sovereign country as if it is a mere plaything, and she stipulates which members of the US-backed street rabble in Kiev should or should not be included in any Washington-approved new government in the former Soviet republic. We don't know who actually tapped and leaked Nuland's private call to the US ambassador in Kiev, Geoffrey Pyatt. It could have been the Ukrainian or Russian secret services, but, regardless, it was an inspired move to reveal it. For the disclosure, which has been posted on the internet, lays bare the subversive meddling agenda of Washington in Ukrainian internal affairs. Up to now, the Americans have been piously pretending that their involvement is one of a bystander supporting democracy from afar. But, thanks to the Nuland's foul-mouthed indiscretion, the truth is out. Washington, from her own admission, is acting like an agent provocateur in Ukraine's political turmoil. That is an illegal breach of international rules of sovereignty. Nuland finishes her phone call like a gangster ordering a hit on a rival, referring to incompetent European interference in Ukraine with disdain - "F...k the EU." What we are witnessing here is the real, ugly face of American government and its uncouth contempt for international law and norms.

Every time Nuland is dispatched, it appears not to make relationships with other governments better, but far worse.

And just what kind of ultimatums she is issuing to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, with a huge geopolitical "OR ELSE!!" attached to them?!?

Would I love to be a butterfly on the wall in those meetings, to understand just how she is setting the stage for a US military conflict against Russia, because it is obvious that this is where the US government is headed, and very possibly before the 2016 elections.

May 18 11:05

This is Russia's Response to NATO’s Activities Near Its Borders

According to an article on the foreign affairs analysis website Voltaire Network, Washington in fact will not attack Russia. Its military buildup is rather aimed at provoking Moscow, in order to justify NATO’s expansion in Central Europe.

Amid NATO’s increased military activities near Russian borders, Moscow has announced the creation of two new units in the Western Military District (in Smolensk and Voronezh) as well as a new division in the South Military District (Rostov-on-Don).

May 18 10:12

The Pentagon Is Trying (but Failing) to Blame Putin for ISIS

The Pentagon is combating reports that the US military-industrial complex, specifically the Pentagon and CIA in concert with allies like Saudi Arabia, created and promoted ISIS.

When Russia began to bomb ISIS last year, it announced that the Pentagon’s considerable bombing campaign had done little to uproot ISIS.

In fact, one Russian general speculated that under cover of bombing ISIS, the Pentagon was actually combing Syrian infrastructure to make it more difficult for Assad to successfully defend against ISIS.

The Russian bombing was the beginning of the end for ISIS in Syria. Fighters abandoned positions and had to flee outside of Syria.

May 18 09:20

Turkey’s Erdogan Expresses Need To “Rescue” Crimea, Nagorno-Karabkh

By Brandon Turbeville

The 13th Islamic Summit entitled “Unity And Solidarity For Justice And Peace,” set up by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC) took place on April 10-15 in Istanbul, Turkey and yielded some revealing but certainly not unsuspected news. At the summit, chaired by Turkish President Recep Erdogan, more signs emerged of a Turkish/GCC attempt to not only continue to destabilize Syria but an attempt to extend the destabilization into Eurasia, up to the Russian border, and even inside Russian territory itself...

May 18 09:19

PUTIN INTERVIEW: 'Washington Is A Printing Machine Of Fiat Money'

Hard to argue with the Russian president on this point...

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May 18 09:11

Russia to counter NATO expansion with new radar station in Crimea - source

Russia will restore a missile attack warning station near Crimea’s Sevastopol to counter increasing NATO activity in the Black Sea, Izvestia daily reported, quoting a source in the Russian defense industry.

May 18 08:38

NATO announced the deployment of "five elite battalions" along the borders of Russia

EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AMERICANS WOULD RUSSIA - IN CASE OF WAR -
FIRST, AND DESTROY THEM BATTALIONS

NATO is considering the possibility of an international military contingent to deploy in the Baltic countries - said Jens Stoltenberg.

The Secretary General of the Western military alliance at the same time revealed that they are considering "several battalions", but that a decision on their dislocation has not yet been rated.

NATO at its summit in July in Warsaw should establish the concept of expanding its infrastructure and military potential in the East of Europe. This operation has already been named "spear tip".

Unofficially, it is handled by "five elite battalion", which will be placed along the western border of Russia.

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May 18 07:41

Obama Ratchets-Up To Invade Russia

An article published May 7th by Andrei Akulov brings together mainly Western news sources, all solid, to make the case that U.S. President Barack Obama is pushing even highly reluctant European populations to join America’s increasingly overt hostile military stance targeting Russia as the world’s chief source of alleged “aggression” that must be stopped. One of those sources is a Reuters article that states:

“Only 22 percent of Finns support joining NATO, while 55 percent are opposed, a recent poll by public broadcaster YLE showed. Finnish membership of NATO would double the length of the border between the alliance and Russia and increase the NATO presence in the Baltic Sea.” Yet, still, according to that Reuters article, Finland will probably join NATO, regardless of what the Finnish population want. This is supposedly how ‘democracy’ functions nowadays.

May 17 16:39

RUSSIA'S 'NUKE TRAINS' BACK ON TRACK

May 17 13:30

Onboard Camera View: 1st Ever Rocket Launch From Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia

Roscosmos, Russia’s Federal Space Agency, released video footage of the first rocket launched from its brand new Vostochny Cosmodrome.

May 17 12:44

Russia-US Atomic War Threatens Nuclear Annihilation: Chomsky

Leading American political analyst and philosopher Noam Chomsky says the rising tension between Russia and the United States might lead to a nuclear war that could cause the end of mankind.

May 17 11:41

Armenian, Azeri leaders reiterate commitment to Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan reiterated their commitment to a ceasefire in the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region and to a peaceful settlement of the conflict during a meeting in Vienna on Monday, according to a joint statement by United States, France and Russia.

Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan and Azeri President Ilham Aliyev also agreed on a next round of talks to be held in a mutually-agreed location, with the aim of resuming talks on a comprehensive settlement, the statement said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a "cross your fingers and pray moment" for this region.

Any major flareup in activities could have regional allies, like Russia for Armenia, and Turkey for Azerbaijan, joining the fray as well.

May 17 11:06

U.S., Russia stalemate on Syria frustrates European powers

The Obama administration's failure to convince Moscow that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go is fuelling European frustration at being sidelined in efforts to end the country's five-year civil war, diplomats say.Some diplomats and analysts question whether the United States has misread Russia's desire to keep Assad in power.

"Many have consistently underestimated Russia's determination to prevent this regime from falling," said Philip Gordon, a former National Security Council aide to U.S. President Barack Obama. "They've been pretty clear that they're not prepared to let this happen."

Ahead of a meeting on Tuesday of the 17-nation group backing Syria peace talks in Vienna, a senior U.N. diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Europeans "tend to be pretty skeptical about the U.S.-Russia bilateralism."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation is very clear-cut; the US government wants Al-Assad out, and by any means necessary, and soon.

Russia will do everything possible to make sure that does not happen, until a true political transition is agreed upon by all parties, with Al-Assad staying during the transition at least for some period of time.

Regime change in Syria will make the long planned invasion of Iran by the US military easier (they think).

But should Iran be invaded, Russia will come to its aid militarily; various high profile politicians and military personnel have stated this very publicly.

With US troops on the ground in Syria (and we still don't know the real numbers on this), it is only a question of time before we see some degree of military escalation between Russia and the US government over Syria, and potentially Iran; unfortunately, this is inevitable.

May 17 10:52

Russia’s Northern Fleet flagship goes to sea first time in 2 years

The heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky, the flagship of Russia’s Northern Fleet, has gone to sea for the first time in two years, the fleet’s press office reported on Monday.

"This is the first sea practice of the missile cruiser after the vessel’s technical readiness has been restored. The Pyotr Veliky crew has practised the entire range of basic training missions, checked the preparedness of weapons and the ship’s technical capabilities for operations at sea," the press office said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That is really a good looking ship!

May 17 10:07

Ukrainian scenario now ready for Kazakhstan

"The people of Kazakhstan do not want the Ukrainian events to repeat in the country. I know it, so let everybody hear. For those who want to bring them here - we will take most severe measures against those people, and don't you say afterwards that I didn't warn you," President Nursultan Nazarbayev said, speaking at a cabinet meeting on May 5th.

May 16 17:15

Kurd Fighter In Iraq Destroys US-Made Turkish Helo With Russian-Model Missile

There’s no past in Washington. There is no sense that actions taken today will exist past today, even though in reality they often echo for decades.

A video making the rounds online shows a fighter from a Kurdish group known as Kurdish Workers Party, or, more commonly, the PKK. Using what appears to be a Russian model shoulder fired portable air-to-air missile, the fighter is shooting down a Turkish military, American-made Cobra attack helicopter.

May 16 13:54

Migrants brawl at Moscow cemetery: Hundreds clash, 3 killed, National Guard deployed [VIDEO]

At least three people have been killed and nearly 30 hospitalized in a mass brawl at a Moscow cemetery. Around 200 people - most of them migrants - took part in the fight, reportedly a turf war at the cemetery.

Police and National Guard forces were deployed to deal with the fight at the Khovanskoye cemetery on the southwestern outskirts of Moscow on Saturday.

While many of those involved in the fight were reportedly armed with bats, sticks, and metal bars, gunfire was also heard at the scene, with eyewitnesses saying the shooting lasted at least 15 minutes.

Some of those involved in the fight were armed with Kalashnikov rifles, a source in law enforcement told TASS.

At least 29 people have been hospitalized, TASS reported citing Moscow's Health Department. Four of them are in critical condition. Three bodies were discovered at the scene.

May 16 13:00

Emergency Preparedness: EMERCOM Holds Drills For Various Disasters

The Russian Emergency Services department has staged spectacular exercises in suburban Noginsk’s rescue center to show off modern rescue techniques.

May 16 12:23

Russia Offers Free Land To Foreign Pioneers

The Russian state parliament will pass a bill on April 12, 2016, which will offer free one hectare (about 2.5 acres) of land in that country’s Far Eastern Federal District to both Russians and non-Russian nationals wishing to settle the region.

Originally, the scheme was limited to Russian nationals only, but the new version of the bill has extended this right to carefully-screened non-Russians as well.

May 16 11:50

How Obama Aims to Conquer Crimea

As I have previously explained, US Secretary of State John Kerry had told Poroshenko, on 12 May 2015, to stop saying that Ukraine would restart its war against the separatist Donbass region and would invade Crimea and retake that too; but, Kerry’s subordinate, Hillary Clinton’s friend Victoria Nuland, told Poroshenko to ignore her boss on that, and then US President Obama sided with Nuland and sidelined Kerry on Ukraine policy by making clear that he thought Poroshenko was right to insist upon retaking Crimea and re-invading Donbass.

In other words, the Minsk peace process for Ukraine, that had been initiated by Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande, was grudgingly accepted by Obama but he really had no intention of its being anything more than a pause in the war, after which NATO itself would become engaged in facing-down Russia over its ‘aggressive invasion’ and ‘seizure’ of Crimea.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF we are not already at war with Russia before the elections, should Hillary get elected/steal the 2016 election, she will gleefully plunge this country into World War III.

The smell of American blood in the trenches will be an absolute aphrodisiac for her, because that blood, shed for the corporations which own her, and through which they will create more corporate wealth, is the smell of absolute power for her.

May 16 11:31

Russia, China Missiles Overcome All Defenses

Last month, Russia and China each demonstrated hypersonic vehicles capable of rapidly delivering nuclear warheads to any locations in the world, with no present or near-term interception defense. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin compared the importance of these new weapons as on par with nuclear arms development.

He declared, “Whoever is first to achieve” mastery of hypersonic weapons will “overturn the principles” of how wars are waged.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Both Russia and China are sending a message; World War 3 is a really bad idea!

May 16 10:15

US Surveillance Plane Reportedly Approaches Russian Border Over Baltic Sea

An RC-135V surveillance aircraft of the US Air Force came close to the Russian border, over the Baltic Sea, RIA Novosti reported citing Baltic Watch.

May 16 08:33

Russia will soon get nuclear trains that will look like ordinary cargo trains from outside

• Before each new "nuclear train" will be located at 6 wagons with launchers of intercontinental ballistic missile RS-24 "Jars". Wagons will look like ordinary wagons controlled, and the entire composition - as a regular duty

• One such composition to carry 24 nuclear warheads head. The old Soviet trains carried 30 warheads. The difference is not great, and even the accuracy of the new warheads considerably higher

• Nuclear trains for Russia guarantee that its backlash after an opponent - even if all its all submarines launchers and the shaft portion of terrestrial mobile carriers were destroyed - to be so powerful that his plan to deprive of sense

• The USSR had a railway combat missile systems "molodec" that existed and communicated throughout the country by 2003's. Constituted a serious effect because they wore 36 intercontinental missiles with 360 warheads

May 16 04:03

80% of Brits Say They'd Move to Russia To Take Up Putin's Offer Of Free Land

Disillusioned by life in modern Britain, 78% of more than 22,000 respondents replied “Yes! Bargain” to the question “Would you move to Russia in exchange for free land?”

The revelation came after it was revealed that Russian president Vladimir Putin is offering 2.5 acres of land for free to people willing to move to the country’s Siberian wilderness in a bid to boost the area’s economy.

May 15 13:20

How Obama Aims to Conquer Crimea

On 20 March 2015, even Kenneth Rapoza at the anti-Russian magazine Forbes, headlined, «One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev», and he concluded that, «Despite huge efforts on the part of Kiev, Brussels, Washington and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the bulk of humanity living on the Black Sea peninsula believe the referendum to secede from Ukraine was legit. At some point, the West will have to recognize Crimea’s right to self-rule».

However, Barack Obama refuses to accept this. After all, if he were to accept it, then he would have to terminate the anti-Russia economic sanctions he initiated on the basis of Russia’s ‘seizure’ of Crimea, and he would have to acknowledge that the massive US-led military buildup of NATO forces on Russia’s borders in order to protect against ‘Russia’s aggression’ needs to stop and, indeed, be withdrawn. But Obama doesn’t accept any of this; to do that would negate the whole purpose of his coup, and even his anti-Russian policy, including, perhaps, his refusal to cooperate with Russian forces that are trying to stamp out jihadist groups in Syria.

May 15 10:40

Hillary Clinton: “If I’m President, We Will Attack Iran… We would be Able to Totally Obliterate Them.”

As a 2008 presidential aspirant, she addressed AIPAC’s annual convention saying:

The United States stands with Israel now and forever. We have shared interests….shared ideals….common values. I have a bedrock commitment to Israel’s security.

(O)ur two nations are fighting a shared threat” against Islamic extremism. I strongly support Israel’s right to self-defense (and) believe America should aid in that defense.

I am committed to making sure that Israel maintains a military edge to meet increasing threats. I am deeply concerned about the growing threat in Gaza (and) Hamas’ campaign of terror.

No such campaign exists. The only threats Israel faces are ones it invents.

Clinton repeated tired old lies saying Hamas’ charter “calls for the destruction of Israel. Iran threatens to destroy Israel.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The degree to which Clinton is able to continue to swallow, then spew, the hubristic rhetoric of Bibi Netanyahu on Iran is nothing short of completely amazing; if this was a world class sporting event, Hillary would definitely win the gold.

Please remember; a Clinton presidency will mean more wars; more income inequality; more federal debt; more outsourcing/offshoring of American jobs; more illegal immigration and subsequent diminution of American wages; and an increasingly fractured United States of America.

The Iranians may be many things; one of those, however, is not stupid. They do understand that any attempt at any attacks on Israel will result on their country being transformed into a molten sea of green glass by US/Israeli nuclear weapons.

Interestingly, one question regarding Iran which no one in the alleged press corps will ask her is, "If the US unilaterally attacks Iran, what will Russia do?!?

There is one video I would encourage everyone who reads WRH to see: it is titled "Don't tell My Mother I'm In Iran", and focuses on the adventures of a very charming Jewish videographer in Tehran, to investigate how the Jews in Iran are doing.

Here's the link:

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May 15 09:38

Why Russia's Reviving Its Nuke Trains

Russian "Barguzin" strategic missile trains may become an asymmetric response to NATO's complex European Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system deployed in Romania and Poland, military experts believe.

May 15 09:33

Vladimir Putin hit the ice...again

May 15 08:41

NATO: The Aging Tiger Shows Its Teeth

The first weeks of May are marked by a sharp rise in NATO activity in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, with military drills codenamed “Spring Storm” and “Platinum Lion 16-3” being followed by US fighters flying dangerously close to Russian borders and ABM system deployment in Eastern Europe.

May 15 07:14

KREMLIN FURIOUS AS U.S. TANKS BEGIN MASSIVE WAR GAME NEAR RUSSIAN BORDER

May 14 10:43

America Threatens Russia: US-NATO Forces “Moving from a Training to a War Fighting Stance”

In a report published in the American journal, National Security News, on May 9th, the day of the celebration of the victory of Soviet and allied forces over the fascist forces in 1945, it was stated that, “in terms of the eastern threat-which is a reference to Russia-EUCOM (the American Forces European Command) will be moving from a training to a war fighting stance.”

The article continues, “this does not mean that the U.S. is planning a war with Russia, merely that it will shift its force structure in a manner aimed at deterring Moscow and defending NATO and European partners should Russian President Vladimir Putin attempt what he has done in Ukraine.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is not a question of if, but when, such a war will happen, and President Obama seems hell-bent that it happen under his watch.

Why, and why in an election year?!?

First, because the American economy is close to an absolute, total collapse, and Obama wants a war with which to mask the real reasons for such a collapse, which is lousy Federal economic policy.

Secondly, out of spite, if Trump should win the election, Obama wants to simultaneously hand him the two worst scenarios with which any new President of this country could possibly contend; an economic depression, coupled with a war with Russia, from which he cannot readily disentangle.

May 13 15:50

Russia Blames ‘Foreign Interference’ for Brazil Coup

The Russian Foreign Ministry spoke out Wednesday against the efforts to oust Rousseff, pinning the move on “foreign interference.”

“For Russia, Brazil is an important foreign partner in Latin America and the world,” added Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova.

Russia and Brazil have an important relationship and are members of the influential BRICS group.

A 2015 document, reported in various Russian news agencies, addressed the possibility of U.S. intelligence agency involvement in the parliamentary coup against President Dilma Rousseff. “It is quite possible that the CIA is involved in the plan to stage riots in Brazil nationwide,” the Russian news outlets said in a 2015 report.

May 13 13:10

Obama warns Russia against military build-up in N Europe

US President Barack Obama has warned Russia against its “aggressive” military build-up in northern Europe.

Obama made the remarks on Friday after meeting with Nordic leaders from Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark at the White House.

"We are united in our concern about Russia's growing aggressive military presence and posture in the Baltic-Nordic region,” he said.

Earlier, Obama said the US and Nordic countries agreed on the need for a peaceful European order.

"We believe that our citizens have the right to live in freedom and security, free from terrorism, and a Europe where smaller nations are not bullied by larger nations,” he said.

However, Obama said Washington would be prepared to counter any perceived Russian aggression.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, it is official: President Obama has officially lost his reality licence.

WHAT Russian "military aggression" is this man talking about; has he gone barking mad, with the massive NATO buildup on Russia's borders, and the massive exercises being done in Eastern Europe?!?

May 13 12:38

US Congress Wants New Federal Agency to Fight Russian, Chinese 'Propaganda'

A dozen members of the US House of Representatives have introduced a new bill proposing the creation of an entire agency meant to 'counter Chinese and Russian propaganda', The Washington Examiner reported.

The 'Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act', the political news publication explained, would create a new federal agency reporting to the State Department called the Center for Information Analysis and Response.

The center, The Washington Examiner added, "would analyze 'government information warfare' and 'disinformation efforts', and work to 'expose and counter' those operations when they are directed against US national security."

The legislation, a bipartisan effort coauthored by Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Ted Lieu, claims that Russia and China are "us[ing] disinformation and other propaganda tools" to undermine US initiatives around the globe.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Ted Lieu; sometimes, because of how intensely badly US Government sanctioned US propaganda is skewed, and the narrative misshapen, it is damn near impossible to get a sense of what is really going on in the world without reading the foreign press in English.

That is why I will continue to read outlets like sputnknews.com; RT.com; presstv.com; farsnews.com; atimes.com; tass.com; and globalresearch.ca.

This is because I know when members of the US government are lying; they open their mouths....and words come out of them!! Sorry gentlemen; we've caught you and your colleagues in so many lies that we just cannot listen anymore; please do not blame Russia and China for the lack of credibility you have created for yourselves by lying to the American people.

Intelligent, rational, informed people make up the backbone of an intelligent, rational, and civilized society; it appears that this is absolutely NOT the outcome the US government wants for its people, hence, the introduction of Common Core, and its assassination of rational, critical thinking in this country, through Common Core's alleged educational process.

And I have a novel idea for both of you gentlemen; start telling the truth to the American people; start fixing the problems which desperately need to be fixed in this country, including repairing an infrastructure which is falling apart at the seams.

Start taking care of We the People, as opposed to the US government's military and financial enabling of Israel against its neighbors, with whom it categorically cannot get along.

Start taking care of our Veterans, who deserve the top medical and psychological care; they have earned it.

Start resolving this country's geopolitical differences by negotiating in good faith with other countries, and create win/win situations around the globe.

Throw out the Federal Reserve, which is no more Federal than is Federal Express, and create money which is a public utility, rather than a loan at interest.

Start holding vaccine and pharmaceutical companies responsible for the damage they create.

Oh, and one last thing; should you get re-elected, make it mandatory for all Congressional Representatives to place their incomes and investments into a blind trust, just as the President is required to do; that will take some of the dirty corporate money out of politics.

Ready to do any and all of that?!?!? Because until you are, you are not worthy of any credibility whatsoever.

May 13 12:01

Spring Exacerbation: NATO Drills on Russia’s Borders a Preparation for War?

It seems that almost every other day NATO begins a new military drill somewhere around the world, and almost half of them are on Russia’s borders. The Alliance has used the Ukrainian crisis to build up its military presence in Russia’s immediate proximity, and Russian military call it as they see it: NATO is getting ready for war.

NATO has just kicked off its Exercise Noble Partner 2016 at Georgia’s Vaziani Training Area, which will last until May 26.

There are two more simultaneous military exercises on the territories of the former USSR republic going on right now.

The 6,000-strong Spring Storm in Estonia, which will last until May 19 includes Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany having sent company-sized units to take part in the exercise.

A Canadian team of specialists and Finnish staff officers are also taking part.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is pretty darned obvious; NATO is making preparations for war.

Unfortunately, this is not a question of if, but when; you don't pre-position such massive resources of equipment and personnel if you don't intend to use it.

May 13 10:37

New Hillary Clinton Scandal

May 12 14:44

British Navy Ships Shadow Russian Frigate Around UK

British navy ships have tracked a Russian vessel in UK waters and escorted it out of the region.

The Russian frigate, Admiral Grigorovich, was followed by two British ships as it passed from the Baltic Sea, through the North Sea and into the English Channel, Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

May 12 10:08

Turkey gears up for ‘anti-Daesh’ operations in Syria

Turkey has threatened to launch unilateral “operations” on Syrian soil allegedly against Daesh terrorists amid long-running speculations on Ankara’s covert plans for a military intervention in the Arab state.

On Thursday, Turkish President Erdogan said Ankara “is doing all the necessary preparations to clean the other side of the border because of the problems in” Kilis Province near the southeastern frontier with Syria, which has come under several rocket attacks since January.

Erdogan, however, did not provide more details on the preparations.

He added that Turkey has not received enough support from other members of the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh Takfiri militants and stressed, “Let me say it here. We will not hesitate to take needed steps on our own if necessary.”

“We do not believe the sincerity of any country that has not seen rockets falling on our town as if they fell on Moscow, London, Brussels, Washington, Paris or Berlin,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Is Edrogan trying to goad Russia's ire in making this threat, enabled by the US and NATO?

Or is this unsubtle blackmail for more weapons from the US and NATO?!?

And what will Russia do if Turkey "unilaterally" invades Syria?!?

Anyway you slice this threat, it is still rife with nasty ramifications.

May 12 09:57

US missile system in Romania poses threat to Russia: Kremlin

A senior Russian official has said the activation of a US missile system in Romania would constitute a threat to Russia's national security.

"Without doubt, the deployment of the PRO system really is a threat to the security of the Russian Federation," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday of the US missile system in Deveselu in southern Romania:

He added: "Measures are being taken to ensure the necessary level of security for Russia. The president himself (Vladimir Putin), let me remind you, has repeatedly asked who the system will work against?"
The remarks came as the United States switched on an $800 million missile system in Romania earlier in the day.

The US commander in Europe and Africa, Mark Ferguson, at an inauguration ceremony alongside NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, said that the missile system will help defend NATO members against the threat of short and medium-range ballistic missiles.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US has just escalated the arms race, with this installation, and big-time.

This will force Russia to respond in kind, but most probably asymmetrically.

May 12 09:09

Russian Scientists Develop Incredible High-Density 'Quartz' Data Storage

Russian scientists at the Dmitry Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology in Moscow have apparently managed to create 'quartz coins' which can store vast amounts digital data for virtually billions of years.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, NO! You have to design them to fail every two years and be replaced, or they simply will not fit into the American business model!!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

May 12 09:09

European Missile Shield: The US Has Just Restarted the Nuclear Arms Race

First agreed by the U.S. government 2007 and then canceled and relaunched by the newly-elected U.S. President Barack Obama in 2009, the missile defense shield's stated aim is to protect North America and Europe from so-called rogue states such as Iran and North Korea. That is part of a U.S. strategy that includes missile interceptors in California and Alaska.

To be sure the Kremlin was not content with this explanation, which is a clear defection from the carefully established Game Theory equilibrium in the aftermath of the nuclear arms race, and one which potentially removes a Russian first strike threat, thereby pressuring Russia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To recapitulate, there was no Russian "adventure" in Crimea, and the folks at Zero Hedge, for whom I generally have great respect, should know better.

When the existing, duly elected President of Ukraine was over thrown in a NATO/US/IMF- generated "putsch", and Poroshenko was installed as Ukraine's President, Crimea understood that it had no legitimate representation in Kiev.

And for the US government complicity in this coup, you have to look no further than this youtube video, published on 9 February, 2014, in which Undersecretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, Victoria Nuland, admits that the US spent 5 billion dollars to subvert Ukraine:

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So Crimea decided to hold a referendum, asking the Crimean people if they would like to petition the Russian Federation to accept it as a member; in a free and fair election, that was precisely what the Crimean people did, and Russia then accepted their request.

Russia did absolutely nothing wrong here whatsoever; those culpable for the coup are the US government; the IMF; and NATO.

Had this not happened, Crimea would most probably have been content to stay in Ukraine.

May 12 08:03

Russians are testing a rocket that could destroy the whole of France

Russia is preparing to test a nuclear rocket so powerful, according to Russian media that is able to erase from the face of the earth of Texas or France, and in just a few seconds.

In 2009. Russia has started to develop RS-28 Sarmat, super-heavy thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile. Today, seven years later, Russia is planning the first test of a new weapon.

The power of these missiles is such that it is anticipated that it could in just a few moments to wipe out the entire nation. Some because Sarmat called "machine for the end of the world", and some simply - "Satan", given that it is a successor to the R-36M missiles by NATO unofficially called - "Satan".

Unlike previousr, Sarmat will have technology that will allow her to avoid radar systems, which will may cause Russia’s rivals a considerable headaches in case of significant conflict.

May 12 07:17

American tanks in Putin's 'backyard': US and British soldiers join the Georgian army on two weeks of military drills - angering Russia 

The Georgian army has begun two weeks of military exercises with the United States and Britain - despite Russia's anger as American tanks rolled into its backyard.

Hundreds of soldiers gathered at the military base of Vaziani - once used by Russia, just outside the capital Tbilisi - for the opening ceremony of the exercise, dubbed 'Noble Partner 2016'.
As the sky filled with paratroopers while some 650 American, 150 British and 500 Georgian soldiers watched on in front of a fleet of tanks, Moscow's anger was almost palpable.

Last week, it said the decision to hold the exercise on its doorstep was 'provocative' and 'aimed at deliberately rocking the military-political situation in the South Caucasus'.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's look at a map of the region.

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The South Caucasus regions of Russia, including Chechnya and Dagestan, have always been volatile for Moscow to continue to control, and we still see sporadic fighting against the Russian Federation here.

So why is Putin so upset that British and US soldiers are operating close to the borders of these areas?!? As reported on May 9th of this year at russialist.org:

Since last autumn, the authorities in Dagestan have ramped up pressure against Salafis. They have reason to worry: as Moscow launched air strikes in support of Syria’s government, the Islamic State (IS) declared a holy war on Russia, took credit for downing a Russian passenger jet over Egypt and released a video threatening “a sea of blood” in Russia itself. […]

Many Russians from Chechnya and Dagestan have been found in Syria and Iraq, fighting for ISIS, so the Russian government is understandably concerned about any foreign troops in Georgia, who might just slip across the border and "encourage" more jihad, both in these regions of Russia, and in Syria and Iraq as well.

May 12 07:10

Over 70% of Germans Want Anti-Russia Sanctions Scaled Down, Lifted

Slightly over 70 percent of Germans oppose keeping the entire bulk of EU sanctions on Russia in place, a poll published in the fresh issue of the Internationale Politik (IP) magazine has found.

May 11 17:52

US Trying To Gain Upper Hand Against Russia: Analyst

The United State and NATO’s move to activate a so-called missile shield across Europe is part of America’s plan to gain “the upper hand” against Moscow, says an American political analyst in Virginia.

May 11 16:23

Russians Remember Their WWII Vets

I will open with full disclosure: I am generally not enthusiastic about crowds or going with the flow. That is simply a question of temperament. So it took a bit of coaxing from my Russian wife to prepare me for the Immortal Regiment parade in St. Petersburg, where we otherwise were staying within the context of our bimonthly visits to the city.

May 11 15:35

‘We Wouldn’t Have Got It Without Russia’ – Kerry On Syria Ceasefire

The ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo is holding, according to the Russian Monitoring Centre in the country.

May 11 14:58

US Activating European Missiles Despite Russia Warning

The United States is about to activate its missile systems across Europe, despite Russia’s warnings against a systematically increasing US-led arms deployment near its borders.

Almost after a decade of pledging to protect members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Washington will on Thursday activate a web of missile systems it has deployed across Europe over the years.

May 11 13:56

US activating missiles in Europe despite Russia warning

The United States is about to activate its missile systems across Europe, despite Russia’s warnings against a systematically increasing US-led arms deployment near its borders.

Almost after a decade of pledging to protect members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Washington will on Thursday activate a web of missile systems it has deployed across Europe over the years.

American and NATO officials are slated to declare operational the so-called shield at a remote air base in Deveselu, Romania.

“We now have the capability to protect NATO in Europe," said Robert Bell, a NATO-based envoy of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

May 11 13:30

Russia puts Aleppo operations on hold but with caveats

A long-winded joint statement by two countries on a limited issue becomes necessary for any three reasons. One, given their profound differences or mutual distrust, things need to be spelled out in detail so as to minimize the scope for ambiguities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem is that the US-backed terrorists have just launched a major offensive into Aleppo.

May 11 09:49

Lavrov arrives in Berlin to take part in Normandy Four meeting

The ministers will discuss later in the day the settlement in the Donbass region on the basis of the Minsk agreements. They are expected to pay special attention to the security situation and the organization of local elections.

The peaceful settlement has again come to a halt of late. The ceasefire regime in Donbass has become "more fragile," and the number of violations and casualties has increased, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.The Minsk peace deal implementation has been also affected by the political crisis in Ukraine that had paralyzed power bodies in the country for two months and ended only in mid-April.

May 11 05:53

IRAN’S AIR DEFENSES EQUIPPED WITH S-300 MISSILES FROM RUSSIA

The Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base has received the strategic S-300 air defense missile system, Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said on the sidelines of a visit to an exhibition of the achievements of the Iranian Army’s air defense base.

Highlighting the country’s major strides toward self-sufficiency in the area of air defense, he added that Iran has developed its domestically-built Bavar-373 air defense system and will launch its mass production line this year.

He said the Iranian system enjoys specifications and functions similar to those of S-300.

Dehqan further said that Bavar-373 can simultaneously engage multiple aircraft, ballistic missiles, and drones.

Back in April, Iran displayed part of the Russian-made S-300 air defense missile system in a military parade in Tehran, held to mark the National Army Day.

May 10 16:28

US, Russia, Iran Responsible For Syria Truce: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry says that the United States, Russia, and Iran are all “responsible” for ensuring that both the opposition group and the Syrian government live up to the Syria truce.

“We have a responsibility to make certain that the opposition lives up to this, and Russia and Iran have a responsibility to make sure that the Assad regime lives up to this,” Kerry told reporters in Paris on Monday.

May 10 16:00

Russian Foreign Ministry: Turkey Aiding Daesh, Hindering Syrian Peace Talks

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister expresses frustration with Ankara’s “unconstructive role” in exacerbating the Syrian crisis.

May 10 15:21

Russia Offers Free Land to Foreigners

The Russian state parliament will pass a bill on April 12, 2016, which will offer free one hectare (about 2.5 acres) of land in that country’s Far Eastern Federal District to both Russians and non-Russian nationals wishing to settle the region.

Originally, the scheme was limited to Russian nationals only, but the new version of the bill has extended this right to carefully-screened non-Russians as well.

May 10 13:27

Tested In Battle: Russian Planes That Targeted ISIS In Syria Take Part In V-Day Parade

Dozens of military vehicles and aircrafts shown during Victory Day parade.

May 10 11:11

Reuters: OSCE says open to sending armed monitors to Ukraine conflict zone

OSCE's current mandate in Ukraine is as an unarmed civilian mission to monitor and help implement the ceasefire

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which is monitoring a fragile ceasefire in militant-controlled eastern Ukraine, is open to sending armed personnel there, but only if that is agreed by all sides, its chief said on Monday.

OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier's comments are a measure of the threat to unarmed staff observing a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists that is constantly violated, killing soldiers and civilians.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am frankly surprised that a proposal like this didn't come sooner, given the gravity of the situation here.

May 10 09:44

A Gift Of Culture To Battered Palmyra

Even those with a limited knowledge of Russia may be credited with having heard of St. Petersburg being called the Venice of the North. This is a title it must share with a variety of other claimants famed for their canals, such as Bruges in Belgium, although St. Petersburg has more justification than competing cities given its common architectural roots with the Venice of the South, namely the leading Eighteenth Century Italian architects who contributed greatly to forming its appearance.

May 10 09:33

Strategic bombers Tu-95MS to receive long-range cruise missiles H-101

Russia's air force will equip its strategic bombers Tu-95MS long-range cruise missiles H-101 - said her ex-commander Peter Dejnekin.
Army General Dejnekin pointed out that, under the wings of Tu-95MS, who appeared at a military parade, but could not see "Suspension" for these missiles.
It is also recalled that those planes and were designed to carry 16 cruise missiles at long range, but that "Suspension," which had, been demonstrated for the Russian-US military agreement.
Dejnekin emphasizes: "With cruise missiles, Tu-95MS will have a reduced range, but for them will not be of principled importance because they, themselves, thanks to the range rocket H-101, will not have to even leave the airspace of Russia. Our "strategists" will not have to pierce anyone's EIA because it will be enough to cruise missiles launched from our airspace. "

May 10 08:12

U.S. & Russia Reaffirm Commitment To U.N. Peace Process In Syria, Despite Obama’s Opposition

On May 9th, the U.S. and Russia issued a “Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the United States on Syria”, saying that:

“The Russian Federation and United States are determined to redouble efforts to reach a political settlement of the Syrian conflict consistent with UNSCR 2254.”

May 09 18:14

Why Is Obama Preparing For A Conflict With Russia Now?

In this video Luke Rudkowski gives you a full updated geo political breakdown of the latest tensions between Vladimir Putin of Russia and Barack Obama.

May 09 12:25

Why Obama Prioritizes Ousting Assad over Defeating Syria’s Jihadists

That report goes on to document, essentially, that US President Barack Obama is continuing his efforts to replace the the only secular, non-sectarian government in the Middle East, that of the Ba’athist Party, which has always been the only non-religious political party in the Arab world – everything else in Arabia has been fundamentalist-Sunni, to at least some extent. (Think of it: after 9/11, the US government aiding al-Qaeda! The US government is more against Russia than it’s against jihadists – though Russia never invaded the US, and communism is gone!)

Obama overthrew the Russia-friendly government of Ukraine and replaced it with an anti-Russian government; he also led the NATO bombing campaign that overthrew the Russia-friendly leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi; and he has since been trying to do the same thing in Syria, to Assad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does Obama's determination to win Syria through arming jihadists at all costs include a direct military confrontation with Russia?!?

This seems to be where he is headed.

But why, in an election year?!?

There are two potential schools of thought here.

One is that internal White House polls suggest that should Trump be the Republican nominee, he will wipe the floor with Clinton, come the general election. Therefore, the current administration wants to give him the worst possible scenarios (both economic and geopolitical, as in starting a war with Russia) with which he will have to contend.

The second is that many very reasonable economic forecasters have been stating that the current economic situation is headed for a massive crash; Obama may feel that getting out ahead of the economic collapse curve by starting a war will distract Americans from the economic misery in which far too many find themselves, courtesy of "Obamanomics"

In either scenario, the American people lose; however, any real care for the American people has never been part of Obama's world view.

May 09 12:05

BEX ALERT - Search the Panama Papers database

They hoped to keep their business private, but some of the world's richest citizens are instead having their finances opened to prying eyes this afternoon.

Confidential details of more than 200,000 offshore accounts in the Panama Papers — including the names of at least 625 Canadians — are being revealed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in the hope that public scrutiny of the material will generate hundreds of tips about possible corruption and tax dodging.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A reader pointed out that even though Putin's name is not in the Panama papers, the CBC cannot resist using his picture to imply guilt without proof.

May 09 11:44

US Ambassador to Hungary: Overthrow Assad, Let in Refugees, and Fight Russia… or Else!

If anyone wants a short course on what’s wrong with US diplomacy look no further than US Ambassador to Hungary Coleen Bell’s speech Friday to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Hungarian Parliament. In typical diplo-speak there was plenty of flowery language about shared values, fish swimming together in the same water (?), sappy poetics like “together, out of that winter, we would force the spring,” and talk of together being “part of the world’s greatest military and political alliance.”

But make no mistake: Inside Ambassador Bell’s velvet glove is an iron fist, poised to strike should Washington’s annoyingly independent-minded Fidesz-led government step out of line on the big issues. And by “big” issues it should be understood that the US means the issues it considers in the interests of its own foreign policy, not those in Hungary’s interest.

Message to Hungary: do as we say or you will be sorry.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I love it; this gal was a TV soap producer who "earned" her ambassadorship not by her education, previous employment, research, or knowledge about Hungary, but because she was a top Obama fundraiser!

If I were a US State Department official who had done the work, worked my way up the ranks, had a clue about international relations, and saw this woman get this job with other qualifications than to have been a top Obama fund raiser who could lie for her country with impunity, I would resign in abject disgust.

For the last couple of administrations, both Democratic and Republican, real qualifications for such a job mean absolutely nothing.

May 09 11:30

Middle East Leaders Give Up on Obama, Turn to Putin - US Diplomat

Russia has demonstrated to Middle East leaders that it is a country willing to act, which had completely changed the region’s perception of the US, according to former top Obama White House aide on Middle East issues, Dennis Ross.

May 09 11:15

What is Cooking in the Bosnian Pot? CIA Director’s Visit to the Balkans

On April 21, 2016, under the cover of darkness, a U.S. military plane landed on Sarajevo international airport.[1] The mysterious guest was greeted by Osman Mehmedagi?, the chief of the Bosnian intelligence agency - the Intelligence-Security Agency.

The first reports in the Bosnian and other regional media were that the mysterious visitor came unannounced.[6] It later emerged that this was only a surprise for some, but hardly for all Bosnian politicians and high-level security officials. After all, this is a standard CIA operational procedure. It’s called ‘compartmentalization’: in the know are only those who need to know. The CIA director John O. Brennan's visit to Sarajevo was actually carefully planned and scheduled at least two months in advance at the time of Mehmedagi?'s first visit to the U.S. Brennan flew into Sarajevo directly from Riyadh where he accompanied the U.S. President Barack Obama and attended a meeting of the regional Arab security heads.

May 09 10:05

Project Fear in full force: Now Cameron warns of Russia threat & WAR if Britain leaves EU

DAVID Cameron adopted a Churchillian stance as he made an impassioned plea to keep Britain in the European Union - and warned the UK had to deal with a "newly belligerent Russia".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us say that Britain leaves the EU. And let us say that Russia, for whatever reason, starts invading Europe from the east.

How long does it take to sign a treaty of alliance, Dave?

May 09 09:50

PUTIN CALLS FOR NON-ALIGNED INTERNATIONAL SECURITY SYSTEM IN FACE OF GLOBAL TERROR THREAT

Vladimir Putin said Russia is all for creating a non-aligned system of international security to counter global terror. The president, speaking at the V-Day parade in Moscow, called on all nations to learn the lessons of WWII.

“Today our civilization has faced brutality and violence – terrorism has become a global threat,” the Russian president said, addressing the crowds on Moscow’s Red Square ahead of a parade dedicated to the 71st anniversary of victory in WWII. “We must defeat this evil, and Russia is open to join forces with all countries and is ready to work on the creation of a modern, non-aligned system of international security.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This concept is brilliantly logical; which is why the US government will avoid any kind of cooperation or implementation of such a project as though it were the plague.

May 09 09:46

US-led France ignored reality in Syria, harmed itself with Russia sanctions – frmr French intel boss

The French government ignored its own intelligence in dealing with crises in Ukraine and Syria, and recklessly followed Washington’s lead by joining anti-Russian sanctions, dealing a huge blow to its agriculture, said a former French intelligence boss.

May 09 09:37

Final Tribute: French Couple Arrives In Moscow To Give War Medals To ‘Russian Rambo’s’ Family

Among those who've arrived in Moscow ahead of Victory Day, was a French couple that decided to give their military medals to the family of a Russian hero who died in Palmyra fighting ISIS.

May 09 08:59

Russian offer to send water bombers to fight Fort McMurray fire in limbo

The Trudeau government has yet to respond to an offer by Russia to dispatch massive water bombers and fire fighting specialists to battle the growing inferno around Fort McMurray, Alta.

The proposal was made late last week by Vladimir Puchkov, the Russian minister of emergency measures.

A spokesman for Russia's embassy in Ottawa, Kirill Kalinin, said Sunday that they continue to stand "ready to help our Canadian partners to fight the ongoing wildfires in Alberta."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the Russians offered to send their highly effective water bombers to help with the fire last week, but because the Russians cannot be seen as good guys, the Canadian government just let Fort McMurray burn up?

May 09 08:08

DE-DOLLARIZATION ACCELERATES AS RUSSIA NEARS LAUNCH OF RUBLE-PRICED OlL TRADING PLATFORM…..Jim Sinclair called this an economic Nuke in 2014

It appears Russia is close to taking the next big step towards de-dollarization and killing the petro-dollar as VladimirPutin’s “dream” of ruble-based pricing of its domestically-produced oil is on the verge of realization. SPIMEX (The St. Petersburg International Mercantile Exchange) is actively courting international oil traders to join its emerging futures market, which as Bloomberg reports, is designed “to create a system where Russian oil is priced and traded in a fair and straightforward way.”

Step-by-step Russia, China and other emerging economies are taking measures to reduce their dependence on the US dollar, and as SputnikNews detailed, F. William Engdahl warns – referring to Russia’s crude oil benchmark initiative – this move could deal a dramatic blow to the “petrodollar’s” dominance.

May 07 18:49

In the Putin Era Russia Has Built More Mega Bridges Than in Its Entire Prior History

16 of Russia's 25 longest bridges have been built in the Putin era

May 07 16:30

Somnolent Europe, Russia, and China -- Can the world wake up? (Paul Craig Roberts)

Do Russia and China realize their extreme danger? I don’t think even Iran realizes its ongoing danger despite its close call. If Russia and China realize their danger, would the Russian government permit one-fifth of its media to be foreign owned? Does Russia understand that “foreign-owned” means CIA owned? If not, why not? If so, why does the Russian government permit its own destabilization at the hands of Washington’s intelligence service acting through foreign owned media?

May 07 10:04

Ron Paul On The CIA's Involvement In Syria And Ukraine

Ron Paul on CIA involvement in Syria, Libya and the Ukraine and what they're planning now.

Brand new interview.

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May 07 08:43

Armenia, Azerbaijan forces resume fire

Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan have reportedly resumed fire in violation of a ceasefire that had ended deadly clashes in the disputed Caucasus region of Karabakh last month.

On Saturday, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said that Armenian armed forces had violated the truce on the contact line with the Azerbaijani armed forces in the conflict area 122 times over the past 24 hours.

Armenian forces shelled Azerbaijani positions both from Armenian territory and from the territory under dispute, it said. “Taking into account the operational situation, the Azerbaijani armed forces delivered 123 strikes upon the enemy positions,” the ministry said.

Yerevan had earlier claimed that Azerbaijani forces had violated the ceasefire on the border with Armenia in the early hours of Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to Sergei Lavrov; sir, you are one diplomat the Azerbaijanis and Armenians trust, because you have earned it.

Please do everything you possibly can to ratchet down tensions here.

With Russia supporting Armenia, and Turkey supporting Azerbaijan, this conflict could spread out of control quickly, and turn into another horrific regional war, which could generate a world war.

May 07 08:36

NATO won't surrender if Russia nukes Warsaw – ex-US Supreme Commander

“Putin-dominated” Russia is mistaken if it expects the US to surrender in a hypothetical conflict after Moscow nukes "say, Warsaw," a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe told CNN, promising retaliatory measures.
There is hardly a risk that Russia is going to stage a surprise attack tomorrow, yet Russia has invested in “a whole new set of military hardware” and has an “absolutely new doctrine,” retired US General Wesley Clark told CNN Money's Cristina Alesci.

“They are using nuclear weapons in their military exercise as a means of deescalating a conflict, as though they could fire a nuclear weapon at, say, Warsaw, and then NATO would say, “Oh, my goodness, we did not know you really mean it,” the former NATO commander said.

His opinion comes in unison with fears of Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, who said last month that “Russia’s activity is a sort of existential threat because this activity can destroy countries.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Were I a betting woman, I would not bet against this insane demonisation of Russia escalating and soon.

Russia has done absolutely nothing wrong here, and to accuse it of wanting to blatantly destroy cities in Eastern Europe with nuclear weapons is highly irresponsible and unprofessional, on the part of General Wesley Clark.

But make no mistake about it: the American public and the world are getting "groomed" for wars against Russia and China, to prevent the ascendancy of either the ruble, or the gold-backed yuan.

And if you have wondered about the rush to war we are seeing from the Obama Administration, in an election year, here, potentially, is the reason: internal polling has suggested that if Trump is nominated by the Republicans, that he stands a very good chance of winning the general election over Clinton.

IF Trump has to deal with a combination of wars and a lousy economy from the moment of his inauguration, it will be to "punish" him for presenting a real alternative to the American people, and for offering a candidate who can not be bought off; the Establishment JUST HATES THAT!!

May 07 08:19

'PR War' in Aleppo: US Spends 'Millions' to Decry Russia’s Success in Syria

The actual situation on the ground in the Syrian conflict is not affected by the ceasefire. Actually, the conflict has turned into a public relations war of an unprecedented scope, geopolitical analyst Patrick Henningsen said.

To Block Syrian Liberation of Aleppo From al-Nusra Front - Senator
The partial ceasefire in Syria that was brokered by Russia and the United States in February was extended on Wednesday to the embattled northern city of Aleppo, where both government and militant forces have been shelling each other's positions.
According to Henningsen, the ceasefire has little chance to change situation in Aleppo.

Extremist groups in the city will use the ceasefire to buy time to get reinforcements to establish new supply lines that have been cut off by Russian airstrikes, he suggested.

The expert also commented on the possible reasons behind Washington objecting to Russia’s actions and proposals on Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American people know now when government officials are lying to them; those officials open their mouths...and words come out of them.

May 07 08:18

The Case Against Hillary Clinton

A proven catastrophe is far worse than a merely possible catastrophe; so, if Hillary Clinton turns out to be the Democratic nominee, I shall vote for Donald Trump, and then just hope that the worst things that he had said regarding public policy were lies, and that the best things that he had said regarding public policy reflected his actual beliefs.

Hillary offers not only her lies but something real (a record that’s highly relevant to the office she’s seeking) — and it’s repulsive. Trump, by contrast, offers no relevant track-record at all on public-policy matters. That’s not a virtue on his part, it’s a lack of the worst possible vice (a vile record of actual policies while in public office), for a potential U.S. President.

Given a choice between a proven psychopath, versus merely a possible (or even a likely) psychopath, I’ll definitely opt for the latter. It’s the only intelligent thing to do. Anything else would be suckerdom.

May 07 07:03

Donbass: Further Escalation of Violence

On April 28th, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin stated that, “The last report of the [OSCE] Special Monitoring Mission notes that only 9 percent of the declared weaponry remains at Ukrainian warehouses. In other words, 91 percent of what should be in the warehouses, they have taken out. Most of the missing weaponry has been spotted on the frontline.”

A noticeable increase in shelling by the Ukrainian Armed Forces of areas under the control of the DPR and LPR, and the infiltration by small reconnaissance and sabotage teams across the line of contact in the Eastern Ukraine has taken place over the past week.

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The festering civil war here could heat up, in a most ugly fashion, very quickly; yet the corporate whorespondents and presstitutes in the US say absolutely nothing about this.

May 07 06:49

Aleppo Ceasefire: ‘US Ploy to Buy Time for Terrorist Reinforcements’

It’s now clearer than ever: The US are leading a dirty war, under the table, in Syria. This is the true backdrop of the stage play in Geneva, where US diplomats are providing cover and buying time for CIA and Pentagon covert operations on the ground in Syria.

What the US State Department said yesterday is very telling, and should be a clear guide to anyone about what Washington DC’s actual agenda is in Syria:

“We look to Russia… to press for the Assad regime’s compliance with this effort, and the United States will do its part with the opposition,” Wednesday’s statement said. Russia and Iran are the primary backers of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the United States heads a group of regional and European countries supporting the opposition to his rule.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This last week, John Kerry threatened that if Russia was unsuccessful in "persuading" Al-Assad to step down by 1 August, the US would pursue another way to end the Syrian war.

That's in a little less that 120 days from now folks, and right before November's election.

We have boots on the ground in Syria right now, as declared by President Obama; the question is, will the current administration really try a full-on invasion of Syria at that point, risking direct war with Russia?!?

I would like to say that the US government is too intelligent to do this; unfortunately, if past is prologue to the future in the Obama administration, just because a move might be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing the US government could possibly do, under Obama's watch, is utterly no guarantee that it will not do just that.

And why?!?

I am betting that internal White House polls are demonstrating that should Trump get the Republican nomination, he will win handily over Clinton.

The Democrats would love to saddle Trump with raging wars and an imploding economy, long before inauguration day; it would be their "gift that keeps on giving", in order to "punish" him for having sparked the imagination - and respect - of so many Americans, as well as punish those Americans who will have voted for him.

A very nasty ploy?!? You bet.

Inconceivable?!? Hell, no!!

May 06 16:10

What Is the US Military Doing in the Baltics? Get out – before we start World War III

Get ready for the new cold war, which will no doubt turn hot if Hillary Clinton gets into the White House: NATO has just announced it is “considering” the addition of 4,000 more troops to be stationed in Poland and the Baltic states, i.e. right on Russia’s western border. The Washington Post helpfully informs us that this is being done “to deter future Russian aggression” – as if there’s any real possibility that Putin will order the Russian army to take Warsaw or march on Estonia.

May 06 13:45

Home About Antiwar.com Donate Blog US Casualties Contact Latest NewsUS Shipping Tanks to Georgia for ‘Drills’

The Pentagon has begun the process today of loading tanks onto ferries in Varna, Bulgaria, to make their way across the Black Sea to Batumi, in the Republic of Georgia, where they will be used in upcoming military exercises, which will involve some 650 US troops and 150 British troops.

This is the second year of the exercise, which appears to be meant to be an annual event, and the first time US combat tanks will be involved. Last year, the US sent Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Georgia for the operation.

The Georgian Defense Ministry announced the deployment would happen back in January, saying at the time that the presence of the tanks would underscore US support for the Georgian Republic against Russia.

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The US continues to attempt to bait Putin and Russia into a military response to all of its picador like actions; Putin is far too bright to fall for this.

May 06 13:42

NATO Targets Russia With Planned Missile Defense Expansion

Of the many moves by NATO to increase their military presence in Eastern Europe, none has been so onerous to Russia as the European missile defense system. Late this week, NATO is making some significant moves in that regard.

Thursday, the system officially went online with the opening of a base in Romania. One day later, ground will be broken on a major additional base in Poland, which will also hold significant missile defense assets.

Though throughout its construction the defense system was repeatedly claimed to have nothing to do with Russia, despite being built overwhelmingly on the Russian frontier, US officials are now openly talking up the “robust display of military power” the system represents as explicitly targeted at Russia.

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The US and NATO are pushing the West ever closer to a war with Russia; it is not a question of IF such a war will happen, but when it will happen.

May 06 13:34

Russia strengthens permanent naval presence in Mediterranean Sea

A patrol ship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet set off for a journey to the Mediterranean Sea to enlarge the group of the Russian Navy in the region, representative of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Trukhachev said.

The ship, called Ladny, departed from the port of Sevastopol to join the permanent group of Russian vessels in the Mediterranean Sea, the official added.

Currently, the permanent group of Russian vessels in the Mediterranean Sea consists of more than a dozen warships and support vessels of the Pacific, Black Sea and Northern fleets.

Earlier, it was reported that the ship of the Black Sea Fleet, the Smetlivy, was sent to the Mediterranean Sea. The Smetlivy is the oldest warship and the last "singing frigate" (large anti-submarine ship of Project 61) in the structure of the Russian Navy. The ship is equipped with missiles, mines and torpedoes, anti-submarine, avionics, radar and anti-aircraft weapons.

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The Russians know what is coming, even if many Americans do not.

May 06 13:29

Russian Orchestra Gives Stunning Performance In Palmyra Ruins

Russia’s Mariinsky Theatre staged a surprise concert in the amphitheater of the Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday, in what looked like an attempt by the Kremlin to win hearts and minds and remind the world of its role in the city’s recapture.

The concert, held just over a month after Russian air strikes helped push Islamic State militants out of Palmyra, saw Valery Gergiev, a close associate of President Vladimir Putin, conduct the Mariinsky orchestra.

Sergei Roldugin, a cellist friend of Putin’s named in the Panama Paper leaks as owning a network of offshore firms that have handled billions of dollars, also performed. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Putin, addressing the audience by video link from his Russian Black Sea residence of Sochi, called terrorism a contagion the world needed to rid itself of and said the fact the concert was taking place at all was “surprising.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It would have been nice if the writers of this article, attempting to smear the cellist Sergei Roldugin, happened to mention, instead of demonizing this guy as one of the people named in the Panama Papers, that the loopholes in the laws allowing this need to be fixed.

That having been said, God bless Putin and this orchestra for this performance! Music is the universal language of peace and healing.

These people need to be thoroughly congratulated, not only for their musicianship, but their collective courage in doing the gig in Syria.

That took guts.

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